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City of York Human Relations Commission Mission

The Commission is vested with the authority to administer and enforce the anti-discrimination ordinance of the City of York and may initiate, receive, investigate, and adjudicate complaints charging unlawful discriminatory practices.

The Commission is responsible for enforcing Act 185 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of York; which includes performing intake, investigation and determination of complaints of discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The Commission also monitors and reports on hate crimes and other civil tensions within the City and its surrounding areas, working with local, state and federal agencies. Education and outreach are also important. The Commission engages in workshops, meetings, community outreach and collaborative efforts to promote diversity, equality and non-violence in the City of York and beyond. The Commission advocates for the civil rights of all citizens of the city.

The Commission advocates for city residents by providing technical assistance in the preservation of State and Federal rights where the act of discrimination is outside the city and would have a negative impact on the community. Over 50% of the cases of discrimination outside our jurisdiction are city residents.

The Commission attempts to prevent discrimination through an education, training, and outreach effort and by promoting harmony and good will among groups throughout the community.

To promote public health, safety, general welfare and interest by assuring equal opportunity to all individuals and to safeguard their right to public accommodation, to secure housing and to foster the employment of all individuals in accordance with their fullest capacities regardless of their race, color, familial status, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or use of a support animal.

Sponsor or Co-sponsor at least 3 public forums or educational seminars, dealing with the prevention of discrimination or fostering of goodwill among groups.

Provide speakers, panelists, or training for at least 5 events throughout the year dealing with discrimination.

Seek the creation of a joint City-County Commission on Human Relations. Continue participating in County and State-wide efforts at prejudice reduction by serving on boards, task forces, and committees.

Advocate for the delivery of services to the people of the City of York without regard to their race, color, familial status, religious creeed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or use of a support animal.